What is "over-tooled"? As I had the rubber boots on and was stomping through the swamp to get the treasures, the safety mutt and accompanying machete actually got more use than you might expect for a wild flower gathering. Briars are b*#ches. Almost needed some arm floaties too, the creeks are a bit high. Nearly lost the boots in the muck a couple times, and boy that will surprise you when you're in ankle deep water and then the next step is... a little deeper than that. Fun thing about rubber, it also keeps the water in the boot.